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Bob Marley's grandson set for musical stardom

NEXT GENERATION: Daniel 'Bambaata' Marley

DESCRIBED AS "the next generation of musical Marleys", Daniel 'Bambaata' Marley - the son of Ziggy - is already making waves in the music industry, having served as the opening act for veteran singer Lauryn Hill at numerous shows across the United States last May. Marley described that experience as a very special opportunity.

"I was able to share my noise with a very diverse audience. I felt like they were able to embrace my energy, and I look forward to working with her again in the future," he told The Jamaica Gleaner.

The musician said a career in music came as natural as breathing. "I knew from a very young age that this is what I wanted to do. Music has always surrounded me, so it was only natural that I pursued it as a career."

Though music has a special place in his heart, so too does football, so much so that the young Marley revealed that had it not been music, he would be a professional football player.

"It's hard to think of doing something other than music, but football is special to me. I commit a lot of time to playing football as well."

With his sights set on making a name for himself in the industry, Marley said he has been in studio working on a new EP which he says will comprise about six or seven tracks. A new single, titled Maintain, is set for release this summer, featuring GiArk of Digital-B Music.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

As the grandson of legendary reggae singer Bob Marley, the young star explained that his inspiration doesn't just come from his family.

"I am inspired by not one specific thing or person. There are certain guiding principles that I explore, from Bruce Lee to Einstein. Art is a great inspiration, as well, and the universe is my biggest inspiration because there is so much unknown," he said.

Describing music as timeless, Marley embraces the idea of being a part of the next generation of Marleys, but hopes that his own musical style will enable him to become much more.

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